Today’s Fashion Headlines: Ron Robinson Solo, Melissa McCarthy Designer, John Galliano, André Leon Talley and Will.i.am

November 25, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Ron Robinson Store

Ron Robinson New Santa Monica Store

After a combined 59 years operating stores at Fred Segal Melrose and Fred Segal Santa Monica, Ron Robinson is opening his first solo freestanding store, at 1327 5th Street. It is located 1-1/2 blocks north of his recently shuttered store at the 500 Broadway Fred Segal Santa Monica building, his home for 20 years.

Robinson, recently expanded his footprint at Fred Segal Melrose where he has had a space for 39 years. His loyal Westside customers were disappointed he closed shop last summer.  “After we moved out and kept hearing from customers, I said, ‘If we find the right thing, then we are going to do it again.’ ” Robinson found a historic building that had once been a furniture store, an art gallery and, in the Twenties, an Air Force recruiting station. The 5,500-square-foot space has an additional 800-square-foot outdoor courtyard.

Melissa McCarthy Celebrity Designer

Melissa McCarthy said she’s been “every size on the planet. I have experience dressing me as a 6, a 12 and more. And when you go above a size 12, you don’t lose your love of fashion.” She’s wanted to be a fashion designer since grade school and is getting her chance. The Emmy award-winning actress and comedian has teamed up with Gerard Guez’s Sunrise Brands to create a fashion line, including accessories and beauty products for women. The collection not yet named will launch with casual sportswear for fall 2015 at department and specialty stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. There are plans for pop-ups and flagships as well as e-commerce.

John Galliano Said to Present Award

According to industry sources, John Galliano, Martin Margiela’s new creative director and Dior’s former couturier will present Anna Wintour her Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Fashion Awards on Dec. 1st. Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast will be recognized during the ceremony at the London Coliseum for her contribution to the fashion industry. Spokespeople for the British Fashion Council and for Vogue declined to comment.

André Leon Talley Partners With Will.i.am

Since his departure from Zappos earlier this month, former Vogue editor André Leon Talley will be the new fashion and style director for Will.i.am and his i.am.Puls fashion bracelet. The bracelet, which is similar to a smartwatch or a cuff with a screen, was unveiled last month to the press. It incorporates technologies that allow the user to make calls, send texts, post to social media, play music and track fitness.

“He is one of the most positive, charismatic people, and is a great visionary and philanthropist,” Talley said of Will.i.am, the producer and Black Eyed Peas front man. “We have been talking since September, and he invited me to San Francisco to speak at Dreamforce, when he presented the new product to a room of 5,000 people.”

– Carol Calacci

Source & Photo: WWD

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